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FanPulse: Readers favor selling at trade deadline

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MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Pirates fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

Close to 50% of readers who participated in the FanPulse survey want the Pirates to be sellers at the July 31st trade deadline. Pittsburgh is currently 7.5 games out of first place and five games from the second Wild Card.

While not an insurmountable task, the Pirates have been inconsistent in 2019. Hopes become elevated (after multiple scoring barrages) only to be dashed by a streak of bad (or heartbreaking) losses. Their run differential of -59 make for the second-largest negative gap in the National League and the eighth-worst of the 30 other teams.

The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers have occupied the top portion of the division for most of the season, with the St. Louis Cardinals making strides following the All-Star Break.

Some names that could be departing the Steel City are the likes of Melky Cabrera, Francisco Liriano, Jordan Lyles, and possibly Corey Dickerson.

The move that could upset the fanbase the most would be trading closer Felipe Vazquez. He would likely draw the biggest haul as relievers can be the biggest commodity at the deadline.

The Pirates could use a boost in their farm system and Vazquez or any of the other aforementioned names might be able to create that type of return.

The fan voting results are below. Interested in participating in future polls, sign up using the link above!